THE Victorian Government last week released Growth Corridor Plans that aim to provide a clear strategy for the development of Melbourne's growth corridors and guide the delivery of key housing, employment and transport infrastructure in Melbourne's new suburbs over the next 30 years.
The plans, which cover Melbourne's four metropolitan growth corridors and identify broad transport networks, industrial and employment zones, residential areas and recreation precincts, were described by Planning Minister Matthew Guy as the most sophisticated to have ever been completed for the city's new suburbs.
"They will guide the strategic management of Victoria's four metropolitan growth corridors over the coming decades and will provide for housing, jobs, transport, town centres, open space and key infrastructure across our newest metropolitan suburbs," Mr Guy said.
"We have to keep pace with the growth projected for Melbourne. This growth will have significant economic flow-on effects for Victoria and this high level planning will ensure we provide attractive and affordable housing, infrastructure and services for a growing population, so that Melbourne continues to be a great place to live," Mr Guy said.
The Minister said the Growth Corridor Plans, which were developed and completed by the Growth Areas Authority (GAA) over 18 months, will help deliver sophisticated new suburbs with great town centres, attractive and affordable housing and jobs close to home.
"These overall plans set the agenda which will be implemented by the Growth Areas Authority in conjunction with councils and government departments over the next 30 to 40 years," Mr Guy said.
According to the GAA, the Growth Corridor Plans will be a major input to the Metropolitan Planning Strategy and will also allow Australia's first major Federal/State agreements on urban biodiversity controls to be approved.
The Growth Corridor Plans are available from the Growth Areas Authority website at <http://www.gaa.vic.gov.au/> or the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/>.